The Daily Dose: Public Health officials are starting to worry polio again

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If polio were to regain a foothold around the world it would be terrible thing. It would also probably be the result of a massive own goal by humanity. Unfortunately, judging from the way measles has had such a significant resurgence in recent years due to lower vaccination rates, it’s not that far fetched. And that has public health officials worried.

While we’re on the topic of measles and bad news, the World Health Organization has released its latest data on the worldwide measles outbreak. It isn’t pretty reading. “In the first six months of 2019, reported measles cases are the highest they have been in any year since 2006, with outbreaks straining health care systems, and leading to serious illness, disability, and deaths in many parts of the world. There have been almost three times as many cases reported to date in 2019 as there were at this same time last year.”

Childhood diarrhea continues to be a major global health problem around the world. New technologies may be able to change that. A recent study in the Lancet Global Health investigated “the effect of installing novel passive chlorination devices at shared water points on child diarrhoea prevalence in low-income, densely populated communities in urban Bangladesh.”

This is a couple of weeks old but still an interesting read. It’s about Coke’s transition from sugar to high fructose corn syrup. We all know how that turned out, right?

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